WINCHESTER, Va. – Shenandoah University posted a school record offensive performance in a 45-20 non-league football victory over Ferrum College Saturday night.
The Hornets (2-1) gained a school record 552 yards in offense, eclipsing the mark of 534 versus Methodist University in the 2004 regular season finale.
The vast majority of this total - 420 yards - came on the ground and
just missed the school record in this category as well. Shenandoah fell
four yards short of matching the rushing total from the '04 contest, and
had actually had surpassed the record on its final drive, but lost 12
yards on a fumbled punt snap with 66 seconds left in the game.
This was the final offensive play of the game for SU.
Coach Scott Yoder's
club earned its second non-conference victory of the season, and will
complete the non-conference portion of its schedule with a winning
record for just the second time in school history, by scoring on its
opening drive of both halves.
In the first, Shenandoah drove 49 yards in nine plays, finishing with a Kye Hopkins 1-yard run, to make it 7-0 at the 10:21 mark.
A Deshon Brown 16-yard TD reception from Drew Ferguson
made it 14-0 at the 11:09 mark of the second before Ferrum (0-2)
answered with an eight-play, 81-yard drive to make it 14-7 in favor of
the hosts with 8:00 to play in the half.
The two teams traded a pair of touchdowns late in the quarter, with
the Panthers missing their PAT, to put the score at 21-13 at the half.
SU then asserted control to start the third quarter, driving 68 yards in seven plays to take a 28-13 lead.
The Hornets lead would not fall below 11 points the rest of the way.
A 14-point fourth quarter turned the game into a rout as Ferguson scampered in on a 16-yard run at 8:21 before finding Miles Green on a four-yard pass 54 seconds later.
Both scoring drives were started thanks to Josh White interceptions.
Shenandoah rolled up 552 yards in total offense with Cedrick Delaney and Ferguson both rushing for at least 100 yards.
Delaun Richardson missed joining those two by just two yards.
Delaney had 130 yards on 22 carries and Ferguson 112 on nine. Ferguson was also 12 of 21 for 132 yards passing.
Michael Messick had 10 tackles for a defense that held Ferrum to just 163 yards on the ground.
SU has its bye week next week and returns to action on October 4 at Bridgewater in the squad's ODAC opener.